How To

by Dave Nielsen


Sometimes the instructions

for the most mundane task

can be poetic—

step-by-step guides for how to tie one’s shoes

or boil water;


so too instructions for something

theretofore private,


or exotic:


dressing the dead, for instance, or dancing a rumba:

unstick the elbow;

now glue the lips.


Point the nose

as if staring into the future.

You can see

how these things might move you.



Dave Nielsen is the author of a collection of poems, Unfinished Figures, by Lynx House Press. He lives in Salt Lake City.

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